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ATS 2019 Call for Input: Session Types

The ATS conference sessions use a standard lecture learning format accompanied by PowerPoint slide presentations.  The use of an audience response system to engage the audience is available upon request for selected formats.

The Postgraduate Course (Hands-On Demonstration) format is the only format that includes the live hands-on demonstration of equipment.  Live hands-on equipment demonstration is not permitted during any other format. If you plan to submit a didactic Postgraduate Course proposal, with or without breakout rooms, please change your Session Format to a Postgraduate Course (Didactic Only).

Any request for the incorporation of a unique learning format or additional audio-visual equipment systems must be discussed with the ATS at the time of session approval, prior to any additional planning, and reviewed for compliance with ACCME Standards, feasibility and cost. Failure to disclose additional requirements may result in the rejection of your session.

The content of your proposal will be reviewed by the Assembly and ranked within the context of all other proposals.

1. Postgraduate Course (Didactic Only):

  • full-day courses held on the Friday and Saturday prior to the Conference
  • learning Format: includes didactic lectures and general discussions presented with the aid of PowerPoint slides
  • audience response system is available upon request
  • course length: 8 hours including time for lunch and breaks
  • should be a more comprehensive, organized review of knowledge, rather than of recent advances only
  • it is recommended that proposals include 14 or fewer speakers
  • a separate registration and an additional fee are required of those who wish to attend
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly for initial review, with final determination by the ATS Education Committee
  • For approved courses, each faculty member must provide material for a course book which will be distributed to attendees
  • Hands-On equipment demonstrations are not permitted

Please read the Criteria for Postgraduate Courses prior to submitting your proposal.

2. Postgraduate Course (Hands-On Demonstration):

  • full-day courses held on the Friday and Saturday prior to the Conference
  • learning Format: didactic lectures combined with practical skills workshops demonstrating equipment and procedures
  • audience response system is available upon request
  • course length: 8 hours including time for lunch and breaks
  • should be a more comprehensive, organized review of knowledge and include equipment and procedure hands on-demonstrations
  • for each practical skills station, the proposal must include the title/topic, number of participants per station, station rotation plan, proposed faculty assigned to each station
  • indicate on the proposal form if your proposal is covering any of the special hands-on demonstration themes
  • it is recommended that proposals include 14 or fewer speakers
  • a separate registration and an additional fee are required of those who wish to attend
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly for initial review, with final determination by the ATS Education Committee
  • For approved courses:
    • each faculty member must provide material for a course book which will be distributed to attendees
    • course chair will be asked to provide a detailed equipment and possible vendor list and a floor plan for the demonstration portion of the course
    • chairs and faculty will be expected to attend a pre-course orientation on the day before the course

Please read the Criteria for Postgraduate Courses prior to submitting your proposal.

3. Scientific Symposium:

  • didactic sessions in a lecture format in all areas
  • audience response system is available upon request
  • session length: 2 hours
  • it is recommended that proposals include 4-5 speakers each speaking for 20-25 minutes depending on the topic
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly
  • Hands-On equipment demonstrations are not permitted

4. Workshop:

  • 90-minute lunch workshops in a lecture format
  • audience response system is available upon request
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly
  • a separate registration and additional fee are required of those who wish to attend
  • registration is limited to 100 attendees
  • Hands-On equipment demonstrations are not permitted

5. Sunrise Seminar:

  • one-hour breakfast seminars in all areas
  • didactic presentation with time for discussion with the audience
  • usually presented by one speaker
    • Note: if you enter more than 1 speaker, we will assume that they will co-present the seminar
  • speaker must be an instructor or assistant professor
  • these proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly
  • a separate registration and an additional fee are required of those who wish to attend
  • registration is limited to 30 attendees
  • Hands-On equipment demonstrations are not permitted

6. Meet the Professor Seminar:

  • one-hour lunch seminars in all areas
  • lecture presentation with time for discussion with the audience
  • usually presented by one speaker
    • Note: if you enter more than 1 speaker, we will assume that they will co-present the seminar
  • speaker must be a professor or equivalent
  • proposals may be submitted to any relevant Assembly
  • a separate registration and additional fee are required of those who wish to attend
  • registration is limited to 30 attendees
  • Hands-On equipment demonstrations are not permitted